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Sometimes I am in awe of the beauty of Creation.  This happens a lot here in Lesotho.  Whether it’s a beautiful sunset, an amazing display of stars or the views from the mountains, God truly blessed Lesotho with beauty.

A couple weeks ago, some friends and I went to Katse Dam for a night.  Only one of us had been there before, so for the three of us it was neat to see it for the first time.  The dam reminded me of pictures I’ve seen of the Hoover Dam and apparently it was designed after the Hoover Dam.  We got to see some of the inner workings of the dam, which was neat.  I can’t show you pictures of those, we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside, but I can show you the outside and the beauty of the countryside around the dam.

So on Saturday we set out and drove a curvy road up into the mountains.  A little over halfway there we stopped and had lunch, taking a break to stretch before we continued on even more windy roads.

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If you look closely you can see the road we just drove to get to the top.  Lesotho is beautiful, but I’m not sure it has a straight road.  Fortunately it was paved, so that’s a bonus.

Our next stop was the nature center where we could see more beauty including a really cool bird.

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And more views of the mountains.

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Finally we made it to Katse and found the visitor’s center.  This place was pretty cool as the floor was designed like the waterways around the dam.  It also provided a great view of the dam.

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From there we headed to the place we were staying and then to the botanical gardens.  Jill had heard you could buy spiral aloe plants at the botanical gardens, so we went to get a couple plants.  We then explored a little, but soon realized there had been no upkeep and we were getting bit.  We enjoyed the view for a bit and took a group selfie.

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We headed back to our hotel and enjoyed the views, played some games and had dinner.

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It was a beautiful sunset that night.

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That night we grabbed a couple blankets and enjoyed the beautiful view of the stars.  I think it was the most stars I’ve ever seen.  We could see the milky way, the southern cross, and orion.  I’m sure we saw a whole lot more, but that’s the only things I can pick out in the sky.

Sometimes at Beautiful Gate you can see those things, but it was so much better and brighter up there.  And with how hot it had been in Maseru, it was so nice to be cold for once.  And boy was it cold up there at night.  I can’t imagine what it’s like in winter, nor do I plan to visit during winter.

The next day we got up and had a yummy breakfast before heading back to the visitor’s center for a Dam tour.

A view of the Dam from the bottom.

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A view from the side as we headed to the top.

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Some views from the top.

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Then we headed back to Maseru and took some more pictures of gorgeous views along the way.

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It was a wonderful weekend away, being able to relax and see God’s beautiful creation.  It was nice to see more of Lesotho and how people live outside of Maseru.  We passed along the way people doing laundry in the river or selling fish, people living life and going about their daily chores.  We saw many fields with maize or another crop.  We saw people riding horses or donkeys to get around.  This is how the country lives and it was beautiful to see.  At times it could be sad because you could tell they didn’t have much.  But we also saw people in their best clothes as they headed to church on Sunday.

Lesotho is a beautiful country and I’m glad I got to see more of it.

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